It is with heavy heart we announce the passing of Berry Goad on Jan. 15, 2021.

Berry was born in Pilot Mountain, Tennessee on April 16, 1933. He was the third child of 11 children. He met the love of his life, June, when he was just 17 and they were married on Sept 5, 1950. Berry and June had five children, Fredrick, Deborah, Veronica, Michael and Richard.

In 1965 they moved from Tennessee to Blue Lake, where Berry found a job working at the Macintosh Mill. He worked there for several years until going to work for Guynup Ranches, where he became the ranch foreman for 20 years. Many stories can be told of Berry wrestling cattle, building fences, riding horses or just everyday ranch life.

“Papaw,” as he was so fondly called by all his grandchildren, loved to stay busy and enjoyed hard work. Ranch life suited him. He retired from the ranch in 2001 and lived with June in Blue Lake enjoying family life, gardening, and staying busy around their house until he died with his boots on, the only way he would have wanted to go.

Berry is survived by his sister Macel Lewallen, wife June Goad; children, Deborah Rasmussen (Ed), Veronica Peltier (Zak) Richard Goad; grandchildren, Bridget Steeves (Nathan), Justin Goad, Jessica Swanlund, Josh Rasmussen (Lucy), Chad Swanlund (Megan), Charity Hetz (Shay), Laquessa Goad, Chanda Goad and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He is proceeded in death by sons Fredrick Goad, Michael Goad; father and mother James and Delia Goad; siblings Hazel Taylor, Reba Catron, Maxi Shoopman, Albert Goad, Robert Goad, Helen Cooney, Alvin Goad, James Goad Jr and Howard Goad.

A celebration of life will be announced later when COVID restrictions are lifted.

Cards can be sent to P.O Box 27, Blue Lake, CA, 95525.


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